Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:46 pm Post subject: Proactive Problem Management Implementation
Hi. Our company has a pretty good foundation and process in place for Reactive Problem Management so I have been asked to help move organizations along with more Proactive Problem Management.
Has anyone been involved with this before and possibly already have a project plan or training presentations that they'd be willing to share that I can possibly tweak for my needs. This would be very helpful to me so I am structured and think about all the steps.
I'm trying to not be tool focused since I'm with a big company and it won't be possible that everyone can use the same toolsets so I was hoping for something more around the basic Proactive PM activities like trending analysis, compliance metrics, etc.
Thanks in advance for any info. I'm sure I missed a lot of details because I was anxious to get this request out there.
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Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:24 am Post subject:
It's good not to be "tool focussed" for problem management in all circumstances. Pro-active problem management is about having a strategy to focus on service components and infrastructure in alignment with the business' use (and intended future use) of the services, in order to anticipate what might be detrimental to the services in the future.
In fact, don't even think about tools until you have established policies and objectives. _________________ "Method goes far to prevent trouble in business: for it makes the task easy, hinders confusion, saves abundance of time, and instructs those that have business depending, both what to do and what to hope."
William Penn 1644-1718
Is the questions related to which metrics to measure to identify the best use of your resources towards resolving the problems proactively, so that you can create the process and procedures to foster the identification of the specific areas to focus your resources?
My thought is if you are doing problem management correctly, your reactive problem management should already have the ability to proactively identifying your problems.
You are reviewing your incidents on a regular basis, correct? Do you review the previous day incidents? A weekly roll-up discussion and trending with the Incident Manager and respective Program Managers?
This is sounding quite good basically this is how it grows and i believe that taking it to another level is how the moment works.
What you have highlighted is something that works for that particular time period and that is how it has to be which is fine enough to understand.
Proactive probelm management. Hmm something of a descriptional oxymoron.
But having done thing at enterprise scale I can advise what it looked like for us.
The goal is basically to spot trends and patterns within complex systems and use them to take preventative actions before the incidents / problem occur.
We plotted out our P1 problems (created from P1 incidents) on a linear graph and used root cause codes to identify them individually. Then we performed some simple analysis of the data.
This sounds simple but the more complex the systems you support the more complex that analysis becomes.
We had reasonable success with this and measured by service we were able to reduce like for like P1 incidents.
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